Connecting Vanatoo Powered Speakers to Apple Mac direct

Connecting an Apple MacBook, Mac Pro, or Mac mini Directly

You can choose one of three ways to connect an Apple computer to Transparent One (T1) ;powered speakers.

  • analog (good connection
  • optical (best connection)
  • audio USB (best connection)

Digital connections (optical and USB) preserve the integrity of your music better because your music stays digital from its source to the digital amplifier, minimizing the number of times the music gets converted between analog and digital.


Analog connection

Plug one end of a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm stereo cable into the ‘audio out’ (i.e. headphone port) on the Apple® computer.
Plug the other end into the ‘ANALOG IN’ connector on the back of the T1 active speaker.
The Apple computer will automatically set the audio output to the analog out port.

Optical connection

You’ll need a TOSLINK® to mini TOSLINK® (3.5mm) optical cable for this connection.
Plug the mini TOSLINK® (3.5mm) end of the cable to the Apple computer 3.5mm optical output (this is the headphone output)
Plug the TOSLINK® connector into the ‘OPTICAL IN’ connector on the T1 active speaker.
The Apple computer will automatically set its audio output to the optical out port.

USB connection

  1. You’ll need a standard USB cable with a type A connector on one end, and a type B connector on the other…
  2. Connect the type A connector end to one of the USB outputs on the Apple computer.
  3. Connect the type B connector end to the ‘USB IN’ connection on the T1 active speaker.
  4. On the home screen of the Apple computer select “System Preferences…”
  5. On the “System Preferences” screen select “Sound”. 
  6. On the “Sound” screen output tab select “Vanatoo USB”.

Enjoy! For additional help, check out our Troubleshooting Guide or FAQs